Warm 80 degree weather, strong winds and more surf on the way

Get ready for some summer vibes across Southern California in coming days.

Warm weather will be showing up starting Thursday, getting into the upper 80s inland and mid-to-upper 70s along the coast – unusually warm for this time of year.

Casey Oswant, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said temperatures could be 15 degrees to 20 degrees above average for mid-January, with the warmest day on Friday before dipping slightly into the weekend.

“Sunday, in relative terms, it cools down, but it doesn’t cool down that much,” she said, noting by the end of the weekend it will likely be closer to low 80s and just below 70 at the coast. “Along the coast it will still be pretty toasty, but not as warm.”

With temperatures in the mid to upper 60’s, beach goers walk along the beach as a surfer heads for the water just north of the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. The weather  will warm up by week’s end. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Santa Ana wind winds are expected to show up  from Thursday evening into Friday in mountain and foothill areas, reaching up to 50 mph in some areas.

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“We are looking at elevated, to near critical, fire conditions,” Oswant said. “The minimum relative humidity will be 10% to 15% during that time.”

If warm weather is making the beach sound tempting, be warned – the ocean will be chilly, with water temps lingering in the upper 50s.

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And if you’re a novice in ocean conditions, use caution. Surf is expected to be elevated, in the 3-foot to 5-foot range.

Extreme low tides in late afternoon could be ideal for checking out tidepools, but beware of waves that can crash onto rocks or jetties.

On the flip side, high morning tides may swamp some coastal areas and be warned of big cliff-like drop-offs where sand erosion has occurred with the run of recent big swells.

Surf is expected to increase to 5-feet to 7-feet on Sunday and into next week, the latest in a series of strong swells to hit Southern California.

“Stay cool, make sure people are watching out and being careful about fire hazards,” Oswant said. “If you’re headed to the beach, watch out for rip currents and stay safe.”

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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